Michigan football junior linebacker Khaleke Hudson will be back for his senior season in Ann Arbor.
Hudson, the team’s starting viper linebacker for the past two years, had considered an early jump to the NFL draft this winter.
“I am thankful for my friends, family, teammates and most importantly, God. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had and for what God has in store for me in the future,” Hudson wrote on his Twitter account. “Michigan football has unfinished business. While we had some great moments this past season, we’re just scratching the surface. We want more.
“I have unfinished business. On and off the field. I want to continue to be a leader and example for my teammates. I want to improve my game. I want to work toward my degree. I want to play again for Wolverine fans across the country. I’m excited to return for my senior season at Michigan.”
Hudson’s return is a big one for Michigan’s defense, as the Wolverines have already lost junior defensive lineman Rashan Gary, junior linebacker Devin Bush Jr. and junior cornerback David Long early to the draft. Michigan will also have to replace team MVP Chase Winovich and senior captain safety Tyree Kinnel.
But the viper spot will feature a returning starter.
In 2018, Hudson was unable to match the breakout numbers he had as a sophomore. In 2017, Hudson exploded for 82 tackles (18 for a loss) and eight sacks as Jabrill Peppers’ replacement at viper.
This past season, Hudson finished with 44 tackles (3½ for a loss) and two sacks in 13 games. The 6-foot, 205-pounder missed two halves due to a pair of targeting ejections.
Michigan sophomore linebacker Josh Ross and junior linebacker Devin Gil both started in the Peach Bowl blowout loss to Florida, and the Wolverines are hoping for more from true freshman Cameron McGrone and redshirt freshman Jordan Anthony next season.
Hudson, however, should be the team’s leader at linebacker next season.
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